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Bullfighters talk about thrills, danger, pressure

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Bullfighters discuss their profession at the World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals in Ardmore. (KTEN) Bullfighters discuss their profession at the World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals in Ardmore. (KTEN)
"These bulls... they're bred to fight," said bullfighter Cade Gibson. (KTEN) "These bulls... they're bred to fight," said bullfighter Cade Gibson. (KTEN)
The World Championship Bullfight Finals were held at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore. (KTEN) The World Championship Bullfight Finals were held at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Bullfighters from across the country came to Ardmore this weekend to show their skills at the World Championship Rodeo Bullfight Finals.

This bullfighting isn't your typical matador with a cape, though.

"We step out there, make rounds, make moves, steps, step-throughs, jump over them," explained bullfighter Cade Gibson. "You never know what you're going to see, what you're feeling."

For some fighters, it's the thrill of facing a dangerous animal head-on.

"Our natural reaction is to turn and run from it and doing the exact opposite... going out and proving that we're better than they are," said Tucker Lane.

For others, it's facing the pressure of being the best that makes them tick.

"I go off of energy, pressure... I like being pressured," Dekevis Jordan said. "Whenever someone puts up a higher score than me, I want to prove that I can beat that score."

With danger facing them in the ring, the fighters have to be on their game.

"These bulls, they're bred to fight... just like bucking bulls are bred to buck," Gibson said. "They know their job, so you dang sure better do yours."

Along with the bullfighting, there were performances from Rider Kiesner, a world champion trick roper. "I'll be doing trick roping, on fire, and spinning two ropes," he said. "I'll be doing it on a horse. And then I do whip-cracking. I'm a two-time world champion gun-spinner."

"You won't be sitting down very long, I promise you, and if you are you're on the edge of your seat," Gibson promised. "This bullfight's second to none."

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